ice wine

plural ice wines

Definition of ice wine

: a sweet wine made by pressing frozen grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine before being harvested : eiswein Records indicate the first ice wine pressing occurred in the German region of Franconia, in 1794, when an unusually early frost greeted surprised vintners with a frozen crop of grapes.— Jeff Morgan One of the world's most exotic potions is ice wine, a delicious sweet wine that is rare, difficult to make and eagerly sought by connoisseurs. It is the product of frozen grapes intentionally left on the vines long after the normal harvest and then harvested after a solid frost.— Terry Robards

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Recent Examples on the Web Canada’s Niagara Peninsula is one of several other places where ice wine is produced, along with Michigan and Ashtabula County, Ohio, near Lake Erie., "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 1 Mar. 2020 Tickets are $150 per couple. Includes meal, ice wines from five Northeast Ohio wineries, ice-carving demo and music. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Table 45 Groth wine dinner, BarNone tasting, Macaroni Grill dinner, more - wine calendar," 7 Jan. 2020 Canada is now the world’s largest producer of ice wines, but the most famous (and expensive) still come from Germany. New York Times, "Warming Winter (Almost) Cuts Off a Sweet Wine Tradition in Germany," 3 Mar. 2020 Major markets for German ice wine include Japan and China as well as Scandinavia and the U.S., the institute said. Fox News, "Warm winter ruins German ice wine harvest for first time in recorded history," 2 Mar. 2020 The cakes with ice wine and Tokaji were delicious, and roughly 80% cheaper to make. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Recipe for a Cake Seriously Worth the Splurge," 22 Jan. 2020 Those concerned about the price tag of a German Eiswein can opt for one of the very good and reasonably priced ice wines made in North America. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Recipe for a Cake Seriously Worth the Splurge," 22 Jan. 2020 Pearl Morissette first won acclaim for producing ethereally dry Rieslings and lush Cabernet Francs in a burgeoning wine region that, up until recently, was best known for ice wine—an ultra-sweet dessert wine pressed from frozen grapes. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Kracher specializes in late-harvest and ice wines from Austria’s Burgenland region. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Climate change is reshaping wine as we know it," 7 June 2019

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Ice wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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